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This ministry finds itself in an unenviable position.

Up until now, we have presented a ministry with articles and other downloads that reflect our beliefs as Messianics, and that promotes that vision. This has been continuous for more than ten years. However, in June of 2008, several things came together that place us in astonishing agreement with anti-missionaries. In particular, we have performed, in the past 24 months, the most intensive, systematic investigation imaginable of our core beliefs as Messianics. This came as a result, not from questioning Yeshua or "straying" out and "exposing ourselves" to anti-missionary arguments, but rather, from a quest to prove and affirm the Hebraic character of Yeshua, that he had to be teaching ideas from the Hebrew scriptures. Church, it seemed, had added its own ideas to the pure Hebraic message that Yeshua would have conveyed. Our intent was to comprehend how this process took place.

Our roots in times past were in Sunday Christian worship and faith, yet, by this moment in time, we also were experiencing significant growth in our appreciation of Halachah. What is that? Halachah refers to the "walking out" of Hashem's Torah, very distinct from the "Christian" way of looking at Torah. Messianics are familiar with this idea, namely, it is learning to put the Torah into practice.

Those who have followed this ministry are aware that we started offering narrations and music in Hebrew from the book of Psalms and elsewhere in the Tenach more than ten years ago. This is because as a former Christian worship leader who was discovering Halacha, I learned very quickly that Hebrew Psalms set to music had a far greater heightening effect spiritually than any of the worship music I had formerly used to lead congregations in worship.

As I saw it, this was because we were getting back to the roots, which the church tradition had rejected. We saw that Elohim was, "adding to our faith". During all of this time, we maintained an understanding that Yeshua of Nazareth had a Jewish upbringing and therefore, naturally an Hebraic point of reference. (For more, read this essay.) Likewise, all the disciples had the same. And, we have been witnesses to this evidence from numerous passages in the "New Testament". For example, that which the Church had seen as a "Last Supper" would actually have been a Passover Seder. And there are many similar examples where the text assumes a new meaning, a richer meaning when re-interpreted Hebraically. Such teaching has been the vision of this ministry for several years.

However, a problem arose as we continued on the path of Halacha, reading the Torah portion in Hebrew each Shabbat, learning everything we could from the Bible and our Siddur in Hebrew, from Rabbinical sources and other web sites. We began to realise that certain parts of the "New Testament" were in conflict with the Hebrew Tenach. For example, Hebrews 7:12 teaches that there was a "change in the Law" which conflicts with Malachi 3:6, For I am the LORD, I change not. Likewise, Hebrews 8:13 says, that the Torah,

..decayeth and waxeth old [and] is ready to vanish away,

whereas Isaiah declared

The LORD is well pleased for his righteousness' sake; he will magnify the Torah, and make it honourable.

So to comprehend this became the clear objective of our investigation. How did these obvious conflicts happen? What is going on? A lot of time has passed since those books were written; to get back to the original Hebraic truth of them became our passion.

The outcome of this investigation is absolutely amazing and it is very difficult to try to determine what to do. There is a distinction between someone "denying Yeshua", and pointing out the fact that the record we have of his life and times and ministry is extremely dubious when analysed under an Hebraic lens. Add to that the Anti-Torah Book of Hebrews, and numerous problems in the Pauline epistles, plus immense hostility toward Torah by the early church fathers and what we have in the end is something that looks and feels very fake indeed. If you are a Christian, we are not trying to offend you. Just enjoy the Psalms or the narrations or whatever it is that is bringing you here. If, on the other hand, you have questions about this subject, because God has impressed upon you that his Torah is forever, then you will most certainly want to read and study our chronicle

In conclusion, there are three questions posed on page four of the essay entitled In Consequence of Culture. . The most difficult thing to answer was, how did letters written after Yeshua arise in pre-eminence over his teachings, and of the Hebrew Bible which he would have used? To answer these questions, and more, became the sole object of our inquiry.

If you have comments please contact us.

Le'mah'an Har Tzion,
For the sake of Mount Zion,

David Ison, Director



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